Herd the one about the sheep? video

A new perspective on sheep farming.

Drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep being herded has attracted global attention.

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.  He is shearing as part of a during a competition.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

Rugby field of dreams video

Highlanders fan Brad Crickett, 11, of Otautau, in his Stags rugby jersey at the match between the Highlanders and Crusaders in farmer Fred Booth's paddock near Gore.

It's not exactly Eden Park... the Highlanders and the Crusaders meet in a farmer's paddock.

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Fieldays

Inventor to keep product in NZ

Matamata entrepreneur Patrick Roskam and his Gudgeon Pro at Southern Field Days.

A humble science project has turned into an award-winning venture for Matamata teenager Patrick Roskam.

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

Southern Man runner-up Kent MacKenzie, left, crowd favourite Duncan Gardyne with Southern Man winner Matt Ahradsen

Ultimate Southern Man found 

Southland dairy farmer Matt Ahradsen is the inaugural Southern Man.

dairy
beef farmers are better placed than their dairy counterparts.

Another difficult year ahead for farmers

Dairy farmers look to be facing another difficult year, however other sectors expect to be performing well, according to Rabobank.

advice

Farmer helpline needed

Last year Sir John Kirwan spoke to Manawatu farmers about coping with stress and depression.

Farmers need access to a 24/7 helpline for mental health support.

Buying the neighbour's farm?

Many farming couples aspire to buy the next-door block, but the numbers may not stack up.

The demise of sheep farms in South Canterbury reflects both national, and world wide trends.

Sheep farmers look for answers to slow the decline

There's more than one reason for the decline of sheep farms in South Canterbury.

aquaculture

Marine group calls for public input

The Marlborough Sounds could be turned into a recreational fishing park.

Findings from the Marlborough forum would be used to compile the group's submission to Government.

Fish farm application alarms residents

Marlborough Sounds residents gear up to fight research base proposed by international fish food company.

Government representatives address the public regarding the proposed Marine Protected Areas consultation document.

Concerns raised about park

Quota owners would receive compensation, but there was no provision for operators who leased quota.

beef
beef farmers are better placed than their dairy counterparts.

Another difficult year ahead for farmers

Dairy farmers look to be facing another difficult year, however other sectors expect to be performing well, according to Rabobank.

Sheep
beef farmers are better placed than their dairy counterparts.

Another difficult year ahead for farmers

Dairy farmers look to be facing another difficult year, however other sectors expect to be performing well, according to Rabobank.

cropping

Blueberry farm aims high video

Blueberry Country Otautau farm manager Simon Bardon says the farm has recovered from major frosts in November 2015.

Southland blueberry farm aims to increase its production tenfold in 2016.

Grain and seed the agriculture cornerstone

South Canterbury farmers take pride in arable farming being the cornerstone of the agriculture industry.

Zespri chairman Peter McBride, left, and T&G Global chairman Professor Klaus Josef Lutz sign the MOU at Berlin Fruit Logistica.

Zespri's push into Asia

Zespri has signed a deal to use T&G as its marketer in south-east Asia.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

What makes the perfect southern man?

Is this the perfect southern man?

Some rural gals give us their take on what the perfect southern man looks like.

Sheep meat prices disappoint director

While the lead-up to Christmas is a blur of crutching, shearing, weaning and producing stock in top condition for market, mid-January is our time to take stock, re-group and plan how we intend to proceed through until autumn.

Bronwyn Muir.

Opportunity knocks for Taranaki farmers

Bronwyn Muir turns her focus to the positive points of farming in Taranaki.  

Video

A new farming model

Dan Steele has a vision for the future, and it doesn't look like its past.

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